This hearty home-cooked chili is the perfect meal for a chilly autumn or winter night. Tasty ground beef and big beans with the bold flavors of onion, cinnamon, and chili powder have just enough heat to warm you up from head to toe. This untraditional chili recipe can feed an army and makes for great leftovers for days after.
5 bay leaves
1 tsp. whole allspice
2 lb. lean ground beef
2 large onions, chopped (2 cups)
1/2 tsp. bottled minced garlic
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
4 cups water
1 15-oz. can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
Hot cooked spaghetti (optional)
Sliced green onion (optional)
Shredded Parmesan or cheddar cheese (optional)
For spice bag, place bay leaves and allspice in center of a double-thick 6-inch square of 100 percent-cotton cheesecloth. Bring up corners and tie with 100 percent-cotton kitchen string; set aside.
In a Dutch oven, cook ground beef, onions, and garlic until meat is brown. Drain off fat. Stir chili powder, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper into beef mixture in Dutch oven. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir in the water, beans, tomato sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and black pepper. Add spice bag.
Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Uncover; simmer for 15 to 20 minutes more or until desired consistency. Remove spice bag; discard. If desired, serve chili over spaghetti. If desired, top with sliced green onion and cheddar cheese.